CENTRAL WC1 These spots are all within easy reach of Design Junction. You’ll need some sustenance – it’s a big fair – so check out our choice places below.
Rise high above the throng to the dizzying heights of the Paramount Bar. Timing here is er…paramount, leave it too late and you’ll be stuck rubbing shoulder’s with the country’s finest hen parties out on the town. An early drink, circa 4ish will mean you have the viewing gallery all to yourself – just you and a fantastic 360 view across the city. London isn’t a vertical city quite yet so these views are far and few between. Book in advance, even for drinks, even if it’s absurdly early.
Centre Point, 101-103 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DD
+44 (0)20 7420 2900
A rock solid, traditional pub with exquisite features in booths, etched windows and tiles. Just a couple of minutes walk east from Design Junction. 208-209 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BW +44 (0)20 7405 8816
A great Korean right next to Holborn Tube. Dive downstairs for your fill of Korean barbeque, kimchi and pancakes.
227 High Holborn, London WC1V 7DA
+44 (0)20 7430 9006
Head over to Lamb’s Conduit for a bite sized curated street, geared up for the creative person. Darkrooms and Folk peddle designed homeware and apparel whilst The Lamb and Cigala will take care of your thirst and hunger.
Try for a cancellation at one of London’s most popular new restaurants. Austere and industrial in design but warm and natural on the plate.
39 Whitfield Street, London W1T 2SF
+44 (0)20 7323 1544
An established, smart subterranean Spanish restaurant which is nonetheless bright and modern. No place for straw donkeys here.
33 Charlotte St, London W1T 1RR
+44 (0)20 7813 8010